Pennsylvania State University, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: PennState-POSTDOC1 [#15930, REQ_0000002666]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2021/06/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/05/07, finished 2020/09/16, listed until 2021/03/15)
Position Description:    

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The Conway Lab ( at Penn State is seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Scholar for an investigation of early HIV infection. This project is in collaboration with Brandon Keele and Taina Immonen in the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research( The successful candidate will develop mathematical models aiming to delineate the dynamics of SIV transmission, from cervicovaginal exposure, to establishment of systemic infection. Outcomes will be validated by ground-breaking data from the Keele lab which show, for the first time, the tissue-level dynamics of discriminable but phenotypically identical SIV clones during early infection. Improved characterization of the earliest events of SIV infection will facilitate the development of more efficient HIV prevention measures, since nonhuman primate models are relied upon to guide public health measures regarding HIV when direct observations, such as tissue-level viral dynamics following exposure, are unavailable. This position is a 48-week appointment and funded for one year. The Conway Lab is an interdisciplinary lab at Penn State, with affiliations with the Departments of Mathematics and Biology, and the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) ( We investigate the interplay of viral responses, immune responses, and curative or other treatments, with recent emphasis on HIV. We emphasize validation of models with data and collaborate with empirical scientists and clinicians. Qualifications: • PhD in applied quantitative discipline, such as computational biology or mathematics, with a strong interest in infectious diseases. • Ideal candidates would have publications demonstrating experience with computational and/or mathematical biology, computer programming, and infectious disease modeling. • The candidate should be hardworking, self-motivated, and excited to learn, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must apply to each the following locations including your CV, references, and a brief description of research interests: Penn State Careers website ( and Mathjobs ( In addition to applying at each of the above websites, please send an email to Dr. Conway ( including your CV, references, and a brief description of research interests. Please put the words “Postdoc Application” in the subject line. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.

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